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How I Spent My 60th Birthday

 I have often cautioned people that the only names they should ever have tattooed on their bodies are the names of their children, a parent, or a friend or relative who has passed on.  However, I've been wanting to put Papa Bear's name on my wrist for some time now.  I know without a doubt that he is the one and only soul mate I will ever have in my life.  (He jokes that any future husbands will also need to be nicknamed "Papa Bear" :-) 

Being my birthday, this was the perfect day to add some new ink.  I have seven other tattoos, most small, one that runs the nearly entire length of my spine, but it's been about fifteen years since I did the last one.  I knew in my heart what I wanted and that now was the time. 
The tattoo artist we use also did the beautiful tattoo on Papa Bear's forearm that I had done as a gift for Valentine's Day six years ago.  He owns the shop and has been doing tattoos for twenty-seven years. He not only does excellent work, but has great artistic talent so that everything looks perfect.
Papa Bear is of course on the top of my wrist where I can see it and smile, and I can proudly share the story of our love with other people I encounter too.  It is done in black with purple shadowing. In fact all four sections of the bracelet have purple shadowing, because I love purple. :-)
An engraved heart is to the left of Papa Bear, for love always and forever
A bear paw is on the right,  another symbol for the man I love.
 Connecting the two ends of the bracelet across the back of my wrist is this beautiful feather, in honor of the kids of the Pine Ridge Reservation in Dakota that I have come to love as if they were my own.
 
I couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out - a gift from me to me - something that will remain with me for the rest of my life!

21 comments:

  1. New ink. Cool! I agree on not putting anybody's name, except for your kids'. I've been wanting to have new ones too for quite some time now - to cover up the old one on my arm (tribal design) which I have for almost 20years now (yes, older than Jeff), and the one just below my nape (flower) which is a little bit younger than Jeff. But I am an active blood donor - I donate twice a year. If I get new inks, that means I can't donate for at least 12months. So decisions, decisions, decisions ;o)

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    1. New ink is always fun, Abelle, I was delighted with getting the old one redone to look new again. It had faded some over the years. I understand about being a blood donor, that's important too!

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  2. Josie, I'm scared to death of needles so I don't have tattoos, but I do admire a nice inking! This is the sweetest way to celebrate your love, and I especially liked the bear claw and the purple, which is also my favorite color.

    If I were to get a tattoo, it would be "Love" on the inside of my left wrist, since I'm a recovering bulimic. Helps us remind ourselves whom we should love first... otherwise, we can't give much to anyone else, and that part is why we're around in the first place!! Loved this. Sorry I've been away awhile, but it's depression season, yikes. Amy

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    1. It is so good to see you out and about, Amy! Adding Papa Bear is just something I felt a strong desire to do, it a a celebration of his love, and a way of thanking him for always being there for me! I love the purple shadowing and the bear claw too! :-)

      I think your idea for "Love" tattoo is excellent, a very important reminder. It can be so hard to love ourselves, since we know all our weaknesses and failings better than anyone else. But if we don't, who will?

      You would be surprised at what the tattoo experience is. You don't see the needed and it doesn't feel like that, it feels more like a line being traced or a slight paper cut. Yes, it is painful but nothing unbearable, at least as far as I'm concerned. I love what comes of it!

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  3. Very cool tat- I would think the inside of your wrist would have been the most painful part of that. I don't like needles and am a big chicken about getting a tattoo.

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    1. Yes, Terri, the inner wrist is the most sensitive spot, and also the place with the most intense application of color for the tip of the feather. But I can truly said that there was no pain within a short while after completion, and my new bracelet is healing very nicely. If anything, they tend to feel a bit like a mild sunburn at first, but settle down quickly.

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  4. Very nice! I hope you had a lovely birthday.

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    1. Yes, I did Dana, it was a very fun weekend with Papa Bear! I just wish that my cold hadn't gotten worse. I spent all Saturday evening with chills and fever and rested all of yesterday. It seems like some years I catch every crummy bug that comes around.

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  5. Beautiful! Purple is my favorite, too. Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thank you Mimi! I really love the design, it was a great birthday gift to myself that will always make me smile!

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  6. Wishing you & Papa Bear all the happiness your hearts can stand. Nice ink!

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    1. Thank you Bobby, we are happy anytime we can be together, and hope for more of that in the future!

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  7. I got a tat for my 60th. Now I am 65 and planning another. I know what I want but can't decide on placement. Yours is lovely. Nicely done.

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    1. That made me smile, Patricia! I love women who do special things for themselves. What did you get for your 60th? Where is it placed? What do you want for the second one?

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    1. Thank you Judy Girl, so nice to see you dropping by! :-)

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  9. What a wonderful tattoo! It represents so much.

    I am too big of a wuss to get one.

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    1. Thank you Gail it's one I've been wanting for some time now and it seemed like just the right day to do it, a great way to celebrate such a milestone (or is that millstone?) in ife! :-)

      You are anything but a wuss, you've been thru far worse than the temporary sting of a tattoo!

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  10. That looks cool, great artwork, happy 60! : )

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  11. Sounds like a very sweet present... and celebration of your birthday. As someone who doesn't have a single tattoo, I can only guess what it feels like. But if this is the first after fifteen years, it is certainly a very special decoration.

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  12. Funny, when I see 20 year olds with tattoos, I cringe a bit for them. Yet, when I see a woman get some for her 60th birthday, I smile and cheer for her. Perhaps it's because I don't think 20 year olds have lived long enough to be wise enough to have something permanently etched on their bodies. Most likely, it's because I'm an old fuddy duddy. :). Despite your illness (hope you are feeling better), I'm glad you had a nice birthday.

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